Kia Forte Complaints

Kia Forte Complaints
  • 424 Complaints
  • 52 Crashes
  • 18 Fires
  • 37 Injuries
  • 3 Fatalities
  • Consumers have filed a total of 424 complaints for Forte models.

Recent Complaints

Parts: ENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Apr-22, 2021
  • Date complaint filed: 22:25 May-11, 2021

The car was bought in jan 2021 from a dealership with under 20,000 miles. It was not inspected by the dealership prior to them selling it. They did not offer a warranty on this car. In april 2021, the engine died. There is no recall on this vehicle at this time, but clearly there is a problem with this motor. 0

Parts: WHEELSSTEERINGSERVICE BRAKES
  • Date of Incident: May-11, 2021
  • Date complaint filed: 19:39 May-11, 2021

We have contacted the kia dealer where we bought the car multiple times about brake issues. The car was still under warranty. Well today it happened. When my husband hit the brakes the car pulled to one side, almost flipped and hit a guard rail.

Parts: STEERING
  • Date of Incident: May-11, 2021
  • Date complaint filed: 19:28 May-11, 2021

When traveling over 60-65mph on a highway i notice the vehicle pulling one way or another. Feels as if the steering wheel is too loose and the tires are too easily swayed right or left. Feels as though i have minimal control of the vehicle and have to concentrate on keeping the wheel straight. Also shaky when the vehicle is idling

Parts: UNKNOWN OR OTHERLANE DEPARTUREELECTRICAL SYSTEM
  • Date of Incident: May-10, 2021
  • Date complaint filed: 03:46 May-11, 2021

Water leaking into trunk causing malfunction to security alarm system auto trunk release and trunk lid open symbol trunk malfunction warnig symbols and alarm stayed on could not here any saftey alarms water in trunk damaged sensor could not lock or unlock trunk remotly could not here alarm on blind spot warning could not read any readings like speed, tire pressurer could not here seat belt lock chime

Parts: ENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Apr-19, 2021
  • Date complaint filed: 21:50 May-04, 2021

Premature engine failure, mechanic notice metal pieces in the oil from the engine compartment. The dealership said the engine needs to be replaced. The vehicle has 120,289 miles. Engine was knocking, check engine light, and oil light illuminated. When vehicle is in motion, makes loud noises, putters, knocks and then stalls. Cannot use on highway, too dangerous, it wont go high speeds. I have oil changes receipts for the entire 120k miles.

Parts: ENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Apr-20, 2021
  • Date complaint filed: 18:00 May-03, 2021

2017 Kia Forte CHECK ENGINE LIGHT TURNED ON AND WAS HEADING TO MECHANIC. WHILE DRIVING THE CAR COMPLETELY DIED WHILE DRIVING AND ALL WARNING LIGHTS CAME ON. OIL PAN FLASHED ON SO OIL CHANGE WAS DONE ON SPOT. THE CAR DROVE FINE THEN DAYS LATER SAME ISSUE OCCURRED. GOT CAR TOWED TO A MECHANIC FOR THE MECHANIC TO TELL ME THERE WERE FOREIGN PARTICLES STUCK IN BOTH THE OIL PUMP AND OIL PAN THAT LED TO ENGINE DAMAGE NOW NEEDING A NEW ENGINE. TAKE MY CAR TO KIA DEALERSHIP FOR THE RECALL THAT I SEEN ONLINE FOR POSSIBLE ENGINE FAILURE DUE TO FAULTY OIL PUMP AND KIA IS NOT HONORING THE RECALL SINCE IT HAS A DATE POSTED FOR LATER THIS YEAR IN JUNE.

Parts: ENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Apr-12, 2021
  • Date complaint filed: 10:23 May-01, 2021

Just financed from a dealer on 4/12, had major oil leak, had to return to dealership. Supposed to have been fixed, but currently still have a bad oil leak. Still waiting for a week for an appointment to take it back to the dealer to have it checked out. Engine makes a noise when idling, almost like a "miss"

Parts: EXTERIOR LIGHTING
  • Date of Incident: Apr-27, 2021
  • Date complaint filed: 02:34 Apr-29, 2021

The headlights keep burning out. I've had the car for a little over a year now and have had to replace the headlights 3 times. I was driving one night a couple months ago and both low beam headlights went out. That was very dangerous. That was my second set of headlights now i'm on my 3rd set and the drivers side went out. I paid extra for the best set of headlights autozone had to offer at the time as i was in desperate need so i could drive home and it still lasted the same amount of time, purchased on 1/22/2021. Also, they're always dim. For the most expensive set of lights i expected more. I did a little research and seen that this is very common for this vehicle. Why is this allowed to continue? Someone is going to get hurt. Please research this and see what could be done. Headlights are very expensive. I have two other vehicles. A 2017 dodge journey that has never needed a headlight change and a 2007 ford escape that has only needed a few headlights in its entire existence. This is not right. The date listed below is the most recent incident.

Parts: UNKNOWN OR OTHERENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Apr-01, 2021
  • Date complaint filed: 13:51 Apr-27, 2021

My engine just started making "knocking" sounds out of nowhere... Im up to date on oil changes and i check the oil often... It knocks while idle and in motion.

Parts: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEMENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Jan-01, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 06:59 Apr-17, 2021

I already filed a complaint on this previously, however in 2020 my engine failed stop working. And i was unable to drive it or fix it. I lost my job, i had to get a rental car. The car lost speed while driving and would not go anymore..

Parts: AIR BAGS
  • Date of Incident: Apr-13, 2021
  • Date complaint filed: 13:24 Apr-16, 2021

Air bags did not deploy in vehicle crash at above 30 mph

Parts: ENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Apr-05, 2021
  • Date complaint filed: 14:06 Apr-15, 2021

The engine oil light turned on at a traffic stop. At the next stop. The engine turned off and the immobilizer indicator light turned on and after adding oil, the engine will not start.. Kia refused to take the car to a dealership as the problem cause is described by the recall. I took the car to fredy kia on 04/08/21 and it will be checked until 04/19/21.

Parts: EXTERIOR LIGHTING
  • Date of Incident: Apr-10, 2021
  • Date complaint filed: 11:01 Apr-13, 2021

The tail lights that surround the break lights consist of four led light bars. It is always random with of the led actually work. The

Parts: ENGINEELECTRICAL SYSTEM
  • Date of Incident: Apr-12, 2021
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Apr-13, 2021

I was driving down 84th st and came to the light on 84th and pacific ave and the engine wanted to die out and put my foot on the gas pedal to keep it running and then turned right onto pacific ave and went to 80th and pacific ave and the car died out towed it to the house and checked the oil and everything and there was no oil the oil indicator light did not turn on at any point of time so i added oil and started the engine back up and now it has a engine knock like the rod bearing went out i am going to contact the kia dealer in the morning and see what's the problem and everything and everything happened on city streets

Parts: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROLSTRUCTUREELECTRICAL SYSTEM
  • Date of Incident: Apr-06, 2021
  • Date complaint filed: 11:40 Apr-09, 2021

I have lost power pulling out into traffic, car has lost all function when pulling out into traffic, 1 time when pulling out of a parking lot the car locked the wheels and slammed it onto a curb. Every time the screen display in the car glitches. I have been going down the road and the emergency braking applied for no reason. Had to replace the battery was going down the road and the car shut off (at night) kia has had this car multiple times and has no idea what is wrong with it. I filed a report with kia cause i want my money back and this car should not be sold to an individual until they figure it out and fix it. Last week the mirrors quit working as well but they said it needed a master switch. Already had some kind of computer recall and took it in to be replaced. Car still scares me to drive it. I have not heard back from kia and was told it does not qualify for the lemon law as they seem to have no idea how to fix it much less get it to duplicate for a diagnosis. But the stalling, glitching and loosing power is almost always at take off. One time i just knew i was going to end up in the hospital or morgue as it was a very busy highway at rush hour. 3 times was on take off and when i was making a turn. Sometimes the screen/radio won? T even work or connect to any devices either. Kia told me to record it happening, they must be crazy it happens so fast all i can concentrate on not getting injured or killed or injuring or killing anyone also when we first took the car home i noticed a banging under the car like something hitting under the floor board took it to kia a few times for that as well and since they couldn? T duplicate it they said i probably have a something under the seats doing it. But i told them that made no sense cause could feel it under my feet while driving it.

Parts: POWER TRAIN
  • Date of Incident: Apr-04, 2021
  • Date complaint filed: 23:54 Apr-05, 2021

I took a rd trip and downloaded root just to track my adventures and maybe side with quote offered. I? Ve been tracking miles since i got the car! Listening to its functions. There? S something off for sure. The hr ride there with speed performance was ok. The night rd back on hwy was the ultimate mind shifter for an indication of the gears not properly shifting and picking up speed. As i road about 70mph i left laned to pass vehicles slowing on right. As i accelerated to pick up speed it topped off at 80! I continued to press gas petal slowly down till reached floor then i slowed and got back in the rt lane! Cruised it down to about 50 and put it in standard! 5th gear and sped up till gear change and put in 6th gear for ride. It did not puck up speed as it should? Ve and it still stalled at 80!!!!!! There? S more to this on small notes and i know something is off! I? M no crash dummy! The 2018 kia doesn? T smoothly accelerate either from a stopped point. Acts as if there? S horse power with easing on the gas from a stopped point. Also with a/c on driving it makes a wired noise after awhile. That happened twice where i turned it off. When manually driving it? S like riding in standard without upshifting with the stick. Feels like i have to let off gas for it to properly change gears then accelerate. It? S like the car does what it want and i have to work with it! That? S scary! I haven? T had the vehicle over a month! I told dealership where bought it from and they said if no lights came on there? S pretty much nothing. Car doesn? T even have 70,0000 miles on it!!! I? D hate not to prevent something seeing i explained this!

Parts: ENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Apr-05, 2021
  • Date complaint filed: 23:12 Apr-05, 2021

Engine coils keep going bad. First engine coil went bad at 60,000 miles and now my second engine coil has gone up at 67,000 miles.

Parts: UNKNOWN OR OTHER
  • Date of Incident: Apr-04, 2021
  • Date complaint filed: 17:30 Apr-04, 2021

Trunk of car will not close never had any problems before one day it closes the next day it won't

Parts: ENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Dec-09, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 14:03 Apr-02, 2021

Oil leaks from the engine due to a threading problem, has happened more than once and i have had to get my vehicle towed and worked on at a shop. The vehicle started pouring oil while driving on a 35mph road. The vehicle started shaking as well. I have videos of the car and the noise it made

Parts: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM
  • Date of Incident: Feb-01, 2021
  • Date complaint filed: 15:53 Mar-29, 2021

Loss of acceleration when pulling out on to street an driving through a parking lot you have to step on it for it to go. Idles slow like it going to knock out.

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